House Passes Legislation on School Meals: They Don’t Have to be Healthy Anymore

 

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In a 31 to 18 vote, the House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday in favor of an agriculture budget bill, with $21 billion marked for child nutrition, that will allow schools to opt out of the nutritional guidelines for school meals passed by the White House in 2012.

 

The rules passed by the Obama administration in 2012 included the addition of more fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals, along with reducing the levels of salt and fat in foods served in schools. The goal in adjusting the offerings at schools was to help reduce childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, the CDC states on its website.

 

Under the new legislation passed on Thursday, the USDA would also be required “to establish a waiver process for local school districts that have found it too expensive to comply with those tougher nutrition standards,” reports theNew York Times. Close to 32 million children are active in the nation’s school lunch programs on a daily basis.

 

Representative Robert Aderholt (R-AL), chairman of the House appropriations agriculture subcommittee, said that schools would have 12 months to comply with the rules, reports the Times. “Everyone supports healthy meals for children,” Mr. Aderholt said. “But the bottom line is that schools are finding it’s too much, too quick.”

 

According to the Times, representative Sam Farr (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, called the waiver “a poison pill that would undermine congressional efforts to provide children with nutritious foods.” And the Obama Administration along with nutritionists say the new legislation would be a huge step backwards in the fight against childhood obesity.

 

In an op-ed article for the New York Times, First Lady Michelle Obama wrote: “We already spend an estimated $190 billion a year treating obesity-related conditions. Just think about what those numbers will look like in a decade or two if we don’t start solving this problem now.”

 

Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Washington-based Center for Science in the Public Interest, told the Times the legislation is an attempt to gut school nutrition standards. “We need to help schools that may struggle to implement the rules, not roll back standards,” she said. “Just because math and science programs in schools are hard, you don’t throw out the courses.”

 

On Wednesday, agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, told reporters that there will be grant monies allocated to schools to help them purchase healthier foods. But it’s not easing concerns. “[W]hen we make decisions about our kids’ health, we rely on doctors and experts who can give us accurate information based on sound science,” wrote Mrs. Obama, “Our leaders in Washington should do the same.”

 

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  Bottom line:  Money over the health of our children.  I think we should go back to days when I was a kid and there were cafeteria workers in the kitchen COOKING the food.  They wore hairnets on their pressed hair and aprons around their waists.  They served food twice a day:  Nutrition and Lunch..with lunch being a new addition cuz I used to bring a paper bag filled with a peanut butter sandwich, apple or banana and a cookie.  Some times I used my dad's lunch pail so I could carry milk or chocolate milk from time to time.  We used to sit on benches under a large wooden caniople[sp] and eat our food-all supervised by one or two teachers.   It was simple-which is why I believe they are trying to resolve an simple issue with complexity. To me it's cheaper to have TRAINED nutritionists or even chefs cook the food as if it  would be served at home with NATURAL ingredients.  Have a section for those children with food allergies or preferences and restrictions and have a section for food that the most people could consume without digestive boundaries.  And mostly important.....back in my day?  We LOVED the food.  Cheese toast with orange juice.  Cinnimon rolls with thick home made icing.  Big chunky tea cakes. The big cookie?  And then lunch was all the homemade cooking you found at home.  Hot meals.  All home made....inside the school's cafeteria.   So by the time you got home, you weren't too hungry and if you were, there would be a warm cup of rice pudding with raisins awaiting on top of the stove.   

 

 Okay. Back on topic in terms of how simple the resolution of food in schools.  Now the people with the degrees in that field [education and preventive healthcare] will finally have an opportunity be able to utilized that knowledge[of specialization] they learned by contributing it to the community-which we all know can benefit children needs that will able them to flourish,  function and excel in their human development.    But the powers that be are NOT thinking in that direction,  Their minds are on the money-not the health of our children.  And if these geniuses can spend millions of dollars on a hocky or football field to generate billions of dollar of fan fare surely they can spend smart [in the school system] for the ultimate goal of bringing up healthier and smarter Americans.   But!

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  Bottom line:  Money over the health of our children.  

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We need to be very clear on this. Humans are livestock farmed for their energy and their money by the rulers. Democracy does not change the will of the rulers.Money and power are the only values in the wasteland. Genocide too is allowed. From how we treat farm animals to humans, as Jesus said . . . how you treat the least of me is how you treat God. Not talking about some church . . . The just man rages in the wilderness.

Brotha DK wrote:  We need to be very clear on this. Humans are livestock farmed for their energy and their money by the rulers. Democracy does not change the will of the rulers.Money and power are the only values in the wasteland. Genocide too is allowed. From how we treat farm animals to humans, as Jesus said . . . how you treat the least of me is how you treat God. Not talking about some church . . . The just man rages in the wilderness.

 

  It is unfortunate that Jesus didn't MENTION women...who were being MISTREATED by men during his time.  Wonder why?  And since Jesus didn't specify what he meant by what is quoted above.,  I'm gonna go out on a limb to say....so if Jesus gonna put a farm animal before the person who brings man into the world...what is that SAYING about Jesus?  Just asking.  Cuz this is why I don't BELIEVE in that man-made religion crap cuz it is hypocritical and very very sexist.  But!

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